Fitzroyalty

Hyperlocal news about Melbourne's first suburb: Fitzroy 3065

it tasted like caste wine

It’s easy to spot the trolling in Suburbanspoon. Not just because most of it is fake, false, defamatory astroturfing, but because it’s written by people who obviously haven’t visited the restaurant or make even the smallest attempt to write a good fake review.…

the Mana bar closure – a case study in the evolution of a news story and more evidence of Fairfax plagiarism

I rarely know which of the articles I write will resonate with audiences. In most cases I write about what I see on walks around my home suburb simply to document it as social history. It may interest a few fellow locals who, like me, watch the opening and closing of shops and businesses over time with benign interest.…

revival of the Smith St traders’ association

In 2008, the then Business on Smith St (BOSS) traders’ association received a $6000 grant from the City of Yarra to build a website to promote itself and the members it claimed to represent. The website proved to be a clusterfuck of incompetence when it was published a year later, and it was soon abandoned although it remains live.…

Fitzroyalty is now location aware

I wrote only a few days ago that my 5 year dream to make Fitzroyalty a location aware site was still unrealised. This initiated a Twitter conversation with fellow blogger and WordPress enthusiast Phil Lees, author of The Last Appetite, and he quickly created one of the missing links I had described – software to allow location aware devices to dynamically interact with geotagged content.…

social media mob rule and the Astor cinema building public relations war

This post is about the circumstances that resulted in a school buying, then unexpectedly selling, a cinema building within a few years, with the sale apparently driven primarily by negative public opinion expressed through social media. Like my previous posts about the business and psychology of social media, this one examines the power of social media and the perils faced by those who ignore it.…